Governor Cuomo Declares First-In-The-Nation Gun Violence Disaster Emergency as Part of Comprehensive Strategy to Build a Safer New York

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today declared the first-in-the-nation gun violence disaster emergency as part of a new, comprehensive strategy to build a safer New York. This new strategy treats gun violence as a public health crisis, using short-term solutions to manage the immediate gun violence crisis and reduce the shooting rate, as well as long-term solutions that focus on community-based intervention and prevention strategies to break the cycle of violence. The disaster emergency allows the State to expedite money and resources to communities so they can begin targeting gun violence immediately.

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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signs three new gun laws inspired by Boulder shooting. Here’s how they’ll work.

The Denver Post | Colorado will expand background checks, create a gun violence prevention office and give local governments more authority on gun regulations

The Denver Post | In the past seven years , Colorado instituted one new gun law. Lawmakers passed six times that amount in one legislative session, and on Saturday, Gov. Jared Polis signed three of the bills into law.

These bills were announced after the mass shooting at King Soopers in Boulder on March 22, when 10 people were killed.

But, said Boulder Rep. Judy Amabile at the bill signing event, “It isn’t just about mass shootings.

“It’s about what we sadly call everyday gun violence,” said Amabile, a sponsor of one of the bills. “Every day people are dying all across our state from homicides, from accidents, from mass shootings and mostly from suicide.”

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59 Guns Collected During Hartford Gun Buyback

NBC Connecticut | Hartford Police Department held a gun buyback Saturday morning in an effort to get guns off the street and curb violence in the Capital City.

“The program is fully anonymous. You can come in, give no names, no idea, no questions asked, and you will get a hand receipt showing that you turned in a gun,” Sgt. Chris Mastroianni said.

The gun buyback has been taking place in Hartford for about seven years.

“I think what it does it gives some people an Avenue to get rid of them a lot of people have guns in their house and they just don’t know how to get rid of them,” Sgt. Mastroianni said.

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